What we do

Students are inspired to do great things through what they learn and see in their environment. Every day in the U.S., more than 50 million students and 3 million teachers attend class in nearly 100,000 buildings — many of which are out-of-date and in need of repair.

At the Center, we promote green schools for all, and we educate a new generation of leaders to advance sustainability in their schools, in their communities, and in their careers.

Explore our work


Inspire impact

We connect volunteers and green school advocates worldwide.
Every year, tens of thousands of volunteers participate in the global Green Apple Day of Service to make our schools healthier, more sustainable places to learn. Through the Global Coalition for Green Schools, we unite organizations working toward a shared global vision. The Center also hosts the annual Green Schools Conference & Expo to connect green schools advocates nationwide.

We recognize those who have made significant strides in the green schools movement.
The U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools award honors educational institutions and school districts demonstrating leadership in green schools. The Green Strides web portal, powered by the Center, connects schools with free and public resources.

Our annual Best of Green Schools announcement celebrates schools, districts, individuals and communities for their green schools efforts.


Educate school staff

We advance sustainability and environmental literacy
The Learning Lab online education platform provides hundreds of STEM-based, sustainability lessons and training for K-12 teachers.

The Green Classroom Professional (GCP) Certificate program provides preK-12 educators and staff with the knowledge to identify what supports healthy and sustainable learning spaces.

We facilitate whole school sustainability
The Center convenes a network for sustainability professionals who work at school systems across the country and supports the advancement of their work through the Green Schools Fellowship and Scholarship Programs as well as regular webcasts and an annual summit. If you would like to join this network please contact us.


Publish research and best practices

We partner with leading thinkers and researchers to understand how best to improve policies, programs and practices that accelerate green schools for all students. Visit our resources page to access dozens of these reports, toolkits, case studies, trainings and other educational content published by the Center and a number of our partner organizations.

For specific research requests, please contact us.


Assist policy makers

We provide expertise to state lawmakers to help them make informed decisions.
With a network of hundreds of state legislators and a library of resources created specifically for lawmakers and their staff, we advocate for policies that impact the environment, health, and sustainability literacy.

We convene leaders on the federal level to prioritize green schools.
The bipartisan Congressional Green Schools Caucus brings together leaders to impact our nation’s approach to supporting greener, healthier school buildings. We provide lawmakers with information about green schools topics, and regularly connect with them through events, briefings, and educational programs.


Support higher education campus sustainability

We are dedicated to greening higher education
USGBC supports campus sustainability by providing solutions to transform your existing buildings and infrastructure and by supporting the creation of innovative curriculum solutions that create pathways to professional credentials, helping prepare students for 21st century careers in sustainability. Learn more.

Learn more about our work, and explore our higher education resources:
USGBC Students
Higher Education Curricular Toolkits